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Should I Choose A Metal Or Composite Resin Filling
Your priorities?: Cost and longevity favor amalgam. If esthetics are your thing , then composites. The size of the cavity can also influence your decision. If it is small, a composite filling may require less tooth to be drilled away. There are other alternatives too, though they have higher costs. Gold is still a terrific choice. There are also porcelain fillings. Don't be afraid to talk to your dentist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Got a composite resin filling replaced with a ceramic and now it's really sensitive. What can I do?
OTC and DDS: Take some otc pain medication such as advil, motrin, aleve or tylenol (acetaminophen) and avoid very cold and hot foods and liquids for awhile. Also call your dentist for advice and whether it warrants your dentist seeing you to evaluate the situation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which may come first as a plan? Filling in black triangles between front teeth and gums with composite resin vs. Gum grafting due to recession?
Can a dentist place a layer of composite resin on top of a porcelin fused to metal crown to level out a patient's bite?
How hard is it to have a metal filling replaced with ceramic material? Is this suggested, or is it best to leave the filling in as is?
Not very hard: Its harder to give a complete answer because of not knowing why you asked as well as the type of material you are talking about. If there is nothing wrong with the filling leave as is. Are you referring to an amalgam or gold inlay? By ceramic are you referring to composite or a porcelain type like a crown that a dental lab makes? If a real large filling, a partial or full ceramic crown is option. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: The metal ions in the amalgam (silver) fillings tend to leach out over time and stain the surrounding tooth structure gray. This does not occur with tooth colored composite fillings which are also bonded to your tooth. ...Read more
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